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Welcome to the official website of Furness Railway Number 20,
Britain's oldest working standard gauge steam locomotive.

Crest of the Furness Railway Trust


Registered Charity 1005211


Visit our weekly blog for all the latest news about what we've been up to!

Cumbria at the Battlefield Line in Leicestershire


Welcome to the award-winning official website for the Furness Railway Trust.

For the latest on what we - and our locomotives and carriages - have been up to, visit our weekly blog.

The FRT owns Britain's oldest working standard gauge steam locomotive, Furness Railway Number 20, GWR duo 0-6-2T 5643 and 4979 "Wootton Hall", Austerity "Cumbria" and our vintage train.

We have our engineering base in Preston at the Ribble Steam Railway but our locomotives and carriages are found at heritage railway sites nationwide.

We are currently converting to become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.

Our fund-raising and your support keeps us going. Why not Gift Aid a donation?!

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Website by Neil Smith and Mike Rigg

Colours used are original to the Furness Railway Company paint scheme.

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Website last updated: 7th October  2015

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Our Austerity saddletank Cumbria is in service at the Battlefield Line in Leicestershire, spending two months there until the end of October. This follows a successful stint at the Mid-Norfolk Railway for its first hire since returning to action after extensive boiler repairs. The MNR duties including a roster of running 88 miles in a single day on a single bunker full of coal!

5643 is spending the rest of 2015 at the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Railway in the Yorkshire Dales. This follows a whirlwind start to the year, starring in three gala weekends before the end of March! The Taffy Tank won fans at the West Somerset, East Lancashire and Ribble Steam Railways. 

And FR Number 20 remains operational locomotive in residence at Locomotion, the National Railway Museum at Shildon, County Durham.  FR20 is steaming regularly at Locomotion throughout the year. The veteran is also due to visit the Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway in Scotland, the first time it has been north of the border.